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Comedian VS. Startup CEO on Techies, Gentrification, & Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:56 PM

This Holiday Season, Santa Francisco Claus brought me class war between "techies" and the 85% of San Francisco residents who can't afford to live here.

The selfsame technology sector that has democratized communication by giving everyone on earth an online megaphone keeps running into public relations...

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Jews Reveal Our Secrets to Controlling the Banks (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:22 PM

A few months ago, I talked to San Francisco holiday shoppers about their true feelings about the age-old stereotype about Jews and money. I got them on tape, and even visited one of the many homes of the world's richest Jew, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Yet I didn't...

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Top 10 Ways [Funny] Parents Cope With Waiting for School Assignments

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Later this week, the San Francisco Unified School District will notify expectant parents of the kindergarten to which our darling children have been assigned. Since San Francisco now has more dogs than children, this looming moment of truth is irrelevant to most people. The pre-k parent minority is beside ourselves...

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People on the Street: Do You Believe This Stereotype? (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 10:45 AM

The holiday season, when Americans make legions of bad choices about money, seemed like a good time to revisit one of the most venerable stereotypes about money: that Jews have it and hoard it.

I visited San Francisco's shopping district to find out what people really think about Jews and...

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Comedian Nato Green Gets Swallowed by Giants Fans (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:26 AM

On Sunday, October 28, 2012, I was scheduled to fly back to New York City to my job as a writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. Apparently, inclement weather on the Eastern Seaboard prevented that.

Instead, I headed down to Civic Center to join 10,000 of my fellow San Franciscans watching live as the Giants swept the Tigers on game four of the World Series.

The thing about me is that I don't know or care about sports at all. I'm even skeptical that other people genuinely like sports, rather than the proto-nationalist emotional catharsis of being fans.

I know so little about sports that I don't know what happens in a baseball game to make the teams take turns at bat. I've heard of innings and strikes and then it gets hazy for me.

But with heart and mind open, I sought to understand. Not one to skimp on anything, the person filming was a bona fide GENIUS of film: MacArthur award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada. Full disclosure: she's also my wife's cousin.

With cameras rolling, I was swallowed by a mob of Giants fans. I think I deserve a tenure-track position in American Studies now, right?

Edited by Alex...

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Fighting Cynicism Without & Within

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 11:48 PM

Last spring, after 14 years as a labor activist, I walked away. After devoting my adult life to building worker power, I hung it up for comedy. I told my comrades, "Peace out, dudes! I'm running away to join the circus. I'm still down for the cause. If the revolution...

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What's Funny About Occupy Wall Street?

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 11:24 AM

This year I was on a national comedy tour with my crew Laughter Against the Machine. We set out to be like Doctors Without Borders with jokes. While we were on tour, Occupy Wall Street started. I'm not saying we caused it, just that no one will ever...

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San Francisco Mayor's Race 2011, AKA Jonestown 2011

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 5:24 PM

The San Francisco mayor's race feels like a murder-suicide pact between our disproportionately hefty cohort of political operatives and the electorate. Most people don't think of political campaign consultants as the centerpiece of a public works jobs program, but that's the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we San Franciscans are known...

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10 Plagues Excerpted from Bernie Madoff's Last Seder at Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 12:49 AM

Recently authorities uncovered a DVD from the attic of imprisoned Ponzi scheme millionaire Bernie Madoff's family mansion in Montauk, Long Island. The DVD appears to have captured the last known Seder the Madoff family celebrated together. What follows is an excerpt from the transcript of that DVD:

First of all,...

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New Conservative Group Decries Tea Partiers for Not Being Conservative Enough

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 3:46 PM

New Conservative Group Decries Tea Partiers for Not Being Conservative Enough
March 12, 2010, Placer, California --

The Home Front Protection Front (HFPF) held its founding conclave today at the Ebeneezer Rapture Holy Christ of Jesus Church. It was attended by thirty-five area residents, who reported feeling called to...

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Health Care: I Hate Everyone, Part 2 in a Series, Democrats

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 5:09 PM

It's not obstructionist Republicans or rabid Town Hallers or antediluvian trilobites at Fox News or rapacious insurance operatives or the nasty, brutish and short electorate. Hopealicious "universal health care" became tedious "health insurance reform" because of stupid, spineless, craven Democrats. While Senator Harry "Ambien" Reid's latest public option gambit...

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Health Care: I Hate Everyone, Part 1 in a Series

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 12:16 PM

I'm a man without a country -- I hate Republicans, Town Hallers, robber barons, and right-wing windbag fanatics, but spineless and stupid Democrats and liberal pre-emptive capitulators make me want to cut off my big toe with a butter knife.

The yelling and the indignation
at...

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Gay Marriage in Iowa? Come on, San Francisco!

(22) Comments | Posted April 10, 2009 | 4:19 PM

As a San Franciscan, I am outraged that we've been out-gayed by Iowa and Vermont. Iowa! Iowa is all corn and no hole, for crying out loud. Take it in: the center of gay liberation is now Iowa. Not a huge surprise, as they elected Tom Vilsack Governor, and he...

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If GOP Steals the Election, November 5 May Be the Day Obama Gets Too Black For America

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 3:04 PM

Whilst polls and the unhinged berserker campaign of McCain-Palin signify an avalanche of Obama, an Obamalanche if you will, McCain still could win. I assume that when McCain says "we've got them where we want them," it's more of the same curmudgeonly ranting, but maybe he knows something we don't....

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Please Stop Saying "Race Card"

(15) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 4:51 PM

(Reader Advisory: The following contains humor as well as opinion. Proceed with caution.)

Everybody, stop saying "race card." As semi-evolved humanoids, we need to be able to talk about how racism, a colossal disgrace in the history of Western Civilization, might affect an election without reducing it to a breezy...

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Of Course Obama Is The One; Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2008 | 5:22 PM

Unless you've been at a silent meditation retreat for several weeks, or held hostage by kidnappers awaiting ransom, you'll have seen the ad called "The One" by the respectful, issue-based propagandists over at John McCain 2008 HQ.

The ad, which is here, charges that Obama has "anointed himself...

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Top 10 Ways Gay Marriage Harms Straight People

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 5:53 PM

California is abuzz over same-sex marriage, as gay marriers swarm the Golden State like so many Castro-ized killer bees in case ruddy-faced values voters kill our buzz with November's constitutional amendment. There's so much to discuss before Melissa Etheridge releases an album of wedding music; before anyone splurges on Palm...

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